Christmas Parade Makes Big Return to Fayetteville Street

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WRAL-TV Anchors Lynda Loveland (l to r), Bill Leslie & Valonda Calloway commentate the parade from their perch at end of the parade route on the newly reopened Fayetteville Street.

What do 25 marching bands, 40 floats and 3 helium balloons and add up to?   The 2006 WRAL-TV Raleigh Christmas Parade!  And for a little more math, how about the number 30?  The parade turned the corner at the State Capitol to march down Fayetteville Street for the first time in over 30 years.

For those who couldn’t join the 60,000 people who lined the streets, WRAL-TV brought the parade to living rooms across the Triangle.  The station produced and aired the parade for the 34th consecutive time in the event’s 62 years.  And 2006 marked the 8th consecutive year WRAL-TV has produced and presented the parade in High Definition on WRAL-DT.

Grand Marshals
WRAL-TV Legends Charlie Gaddy, Bob DeBardelaben & Bobbie Battista serve as Grand Marshals for the parade.
Personalities from WRAL-FM and WCMC-FM share a gingerbread float.

The Greater Raleigh Merchant’s Association presents the annual event, which included giant balloons for the very first time. 

The 1.2 mile route kicked off at the corner of St. Mary’s & Hillsborough Streets at 9:30am on Saturday, November 18th, bringing the holiday season with it.  WRAL-TV will re-air the broadcast several times during the holiday season, including Christmas Day.

The WRAL-TV Raleigh Christmas Parade turns down Fayetteville Street for the first time in over 30 years.

Miss the Parade
or Want to See it Again?

The parade will air again on WRAL:

  • Dec. 9th at 1:00pm
  • Dec. 24th at 12:00pm
  • Dec. 25th, 2006 at 4:30am

And in Wilmington on WILM-TV on:
Dec. 25th, 2006 at 5:00am

WRAL-TV float
WRAL-TV personalities wave to viewers from atop the WRAL float.

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